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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
I bought this saw because I like Hitachi tools and there is a $[...] rebate from Hitachi until 12/31/10. I was hesitant because of the other reviews, but the price inticed me. The saw came and this morning I decided to give it a try. It was 41F outside so I figured it would be a good day to run tests. I read the instructions and filled it with gas and chain oil. It took about 30 pulls to get the gas all the way into the system and then it fired right up. Since it was new, I knew it would be tight, so I just let it idle for about 3 minutes. The chain would not move unless the rpms were pretty high and at first I thought I needed to adjust that, but after some use it broke in and is now moving as soon as I crack the throttle. I ran the saw for about 2 hours, cutting down 2 large scrub oak trees (bushes). This saw is not under powered, you just have to let it break in a bit and it likes lots of RPM. It did not get hot at all and idles perfectly. If I run it a max RPM and then quickly let off the trigger it will stall, but it starts with a single pull almost every time. My only issue is the on off switch is located where my hand can acidentally shut it off. Once again, though, I also noticed that my hand would bump the switch when I was moving th saw in a way that might be dangerous, so maybe they actually did this on purpose. The Oregon bar and chain are excellent. All in all, it's a great saw for little money. Don't expect it to do the job of a big saw and you will be very happy.